Part 3+ 4: Aki Collins assesses new players

How does the coaching staff view the 2010 newcomers, Vander Blue, Jamail Jones, Reggie Smith, Jae Crowder, Dave Singleton, Jamil Wilson and Davante Gardner? Well, I asked MU asst coach Aki Collins In parts 3 and 4 of our audio interviews.

Part 3...[5min]..

Part 4...[7 min]...

Here is a brief summary of Aki's comments"



Vander Blue..has a chance to be one of the all time greats…has the tools…needs to work hard to develop them. He played on the USA team last summer because of his defense…continued that here…



Reggie Smith…learning how to stay in control on offense…'gear down'…use your change of speed as a weapon…



Jamail Jones…his talent level is there…you have to bring it every single day….what holds you back inconsistency of effort…Wes has a better feel for the game now…Jamail has a high basketball IQ…ran track in HS…



Davante Gardner…has surprised everyone…he is second in 3pt % drills…good hands…needs to learn to play defense…he is the ‘Old man in the park'….he has been really been good…



Jae Crowder…Warrior around the basket…efficient…can guard interior or on perimeter..gives MU a lot of possibilities and flexibility…..



Jamil Wilson the transfer from Oregon…talented…needs to learn how to play hard all of the time…does not realize how good he can be…Buzz reminds him of it every day…

Dave Singleton…slowed stress fracture in his ankle…recently returned…


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